Pot Luck

Flavors of the 5th: Meat and Music

Once called the Harlem of Houston, the Fifth Ward a.k.a. "The Nickel," was the center of black culture in the Bayou City back in the days before desegregation. In this week's Café review we visited two Fifth Ward institutions that carry on that neighborhood's proud culinary tradition.

Meanwhile on our music blog, John Lomax explored the history of music in the Fifth Ward. Part one was an overview of the once thriving music scene in the neighborhood and the surprising country influence on black music. Part two focused on the singer Sippy Wallace and included a great old video clip.

In the 1960s, some of the state's best African-American style ribs, hot links and brisket were served by five outstanding barbecue joints in the Fifth Ward. There were lines outside of all five on Saturday nights, longtime residents recall. Today, Kozy Kitchen on

Lockwood is the last of the Fifth Ward barbecue joints.

We are calling this year the 60th anniversary of Burt's Meat Market and Cajun Foods, which first opened for business in 1948 or 1949, according to long-time employee Linda Looney.

Stop by sometime and say: "Happy Birthday Burt's!"

-Robb Walsh

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